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BCICF provides small grants with big impacts

When the focus is learning through play, it’s good to have the right equipment for the lessons.
Play Equipment/Climber

For the Kamloops Child Development Centre (KCDC), that means adapting to even the smallest of play worlds, inhabited by children just starting to learn to climb, crawl and slide.

KCDC staff asked the BC Interior Community Foundation (BCICF) for support in that goal as the child-care facility continues to expand. It responded with a $1,000 grant to buy a climber and other small-world play equipment that teaches hand-eye coordination.

KCDC office manager Cindy McKinnon said having the ability to accomplish even the smallest of movement, all learned through play, is essential for future learning to read, write and use language.

“Small-world play is an important aspect of a child’s development.”

The climber helps the little ones gain strength through developing balance and coordination while still keeping them safe from falls.

“The cushioned climber provides beginner crawlers with the perfect place to exercise their newfound gross motor skills,” McKinnon said.

This wasn’t the first time the centre received financial support from BCICF. In 2016, it helped staff there buy a water flume for the infant and toddler play area and a dramatic natural play centre in 2018.

The grants embodied the BCICF motto Give Today, Grow Tomorrow.

The foundation accepts applications for Community Project Grants twice a year. The next application deadline is April 1 for projects that must begin after June 1.

More information is available online at or by calling the foundation at
250-434-6995. Emails can be sent to